What Types of Massage are Best for Treating Fibromyalgia Pain?

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Massage for Treating Fibromyalgia Pain

The widespread chronic pain, mood changes and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia (FM) can be devastating for those suffering from this complex disorder. With a broad range of potential causes, varied treatment methods and risk factors; symptoms are sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat. Tender and painful trigger points can be relieved through a combination of treatments including lifestyle changes, medication and massage therapies proven to reduce pain and disability. Incorporating personalized massage therapy treatments with your current care strategy is a highly effective and safe way to manage the amplified sensitivity and pain signals that are well-known to FM sufferers.

Diagnosing and Treating Fibromyalgia in the US

Fibromyalgia affects around 2% of the adult population in the US. Those with fibromyalgia have abnormal pain perception processing that makes them more sensitive to pain than others. While the cause is unknown, there are several treatment options that can effectively treat this complex condition for daily pain management. Massage Therapy is commonly recommended by healthcare professionals for fibromyalgia treatment in combination with other treatments that may include:

  • Medication – prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Stress Management – meditation and yoga are encouraged for stress relief
  • Exercise – regular exercise from aerobics to muscle strengthening is highly recommended
  • Treatment of Underlying Conditions – diagnosing and treating underlying mental health conditions

Fibromyalgia Pain Management with Individualized Massage Therapies

The caring professionals at Matrix Spa & Massage will personalize a massage therapy plan depending on your trigger points and level of sensitivity. Various forms of massage can target chronic pain, stress management and improve your mental health. As one of the oldest forms of healthcare, experienced massage therapists understand the incredible benefits of massage for reducing stress, improving range of motion and encouraging your body’s own natural pain medication. Common massage therapies used for fibromyalgia treatment include:

  • ReflexologyBilateral massage at reflex points on the hands and feet of fibromyalgia patients help tender trigger points loosen up and increase pain tolerance. Many individuals suffering from fibromyalgia prefer Reflexology because painful areas that are too sensitive to touch can be targeted through the connected pressure points of the hands and feet.
  • Swedish MassageThe gentle application of circular movements, long smooth strokes and kneading in combination with stress-reducing essential oils provides fibromyalgia sufferers instant relief to tired, aching muscles. During your Swedish massage, communication with your trained and compassionate massage therapist will help avoid sensitive trigger points.
  • Hot Stone MassageThe comforting warmth of a Hot Stone massage for fibromyalgia patients offers warm, comforting pressure to induce a calming and serene experience. Hot stones are placed on certain pressure points of your head and body to promote balance to your body’s energy centers to loosen tight muscles. The soothing warmth and weight of the stones will leave you with a sense of overall wellness and mental clarity.

Matrix Spa & Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief in Salt Lake City, Utah

With a clinically significant improvement in FIQ-R scores, countless fibromyalgia sufferers have turned to gently, therapeutic massage for pain relief and stress reduction. On-going massage therapy will provide continual relief, so you can do the things you want, pain-free! Matrix Massage & Spa in Utah will work with you to develop a personalized massage treatment plan to boost serotonin and dopamine levels and reduce fibromyalgia pain, anxiety, and depression. Click here to take advantage of money-saving coupons and spa packages.

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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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